The L.A. Times Festival of Books seminars are stronger in areas like mystery, journalism, Hollywood and kids books than food writing, with lots of notable writers attending like some of my favorites Susan Straight, Denise Hamilton and Francesca Lia Block.
But anyhoo, here's the food-oriented sked:
Saturday April 26:
On the Culinary Stage
11:00 AM Reuben Riffel, South African chef
12:30 PM Sherry Yard, author, "Desserts By the Yard"
2:00 PM Steven Raichlen, author, "The Barbecue Bible"
3:30 PM Sara Moulton, author, "Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals"
Sunday April 27:
Panel discussion (free, but you have to make a reservation)
Eat This Book: Food Culture Past & Present 1:00 PM
Moderator: Barry Glassner
Panelists: Fred Kaufman, Jennifer 8. Lee, Raj Patel